COP11 CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

Hyderabad is the host to the COP-MOP6 Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and COP11 Convention on Biological Diversity for the year 2012. The event is organized by the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India. MOP 6 will be held from 1 to 5 October 2012 and the COP 11 will be held from 8 to 19 October 2012 at the HICC-HITEX Complex in Hyderabad, India.

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COP11 ON CBD HYDERABAD

COP11 convention is a big conference of a highly international stature, hence the state government wants to showoff its best when the international delegates visit the capital city of Hyderabad between 1 Oct and 19 Oct 2012. It’s expected that around 12,000 foreign delegates from around 200 countries will participate in the COP11 2012 in Hyderabad. With such a massive list of guests, it’s quite obvious that the preparations are taking place at a large scale in the city, but things aren’t going the way it was expected.

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COP11 PREPARATIONS AT HYDERABAD

The way preparations are going for the COP11 Hyderabad, the chances are it can be one of worst displays of the city’s infrastructure, which is far from completion at the moment. COP11 Hyderabad is turning out to be a typical example of poor planning and mismanagement by the state government. At the moment, the preparations for COP11 not only are far from being complete but also causing huge discomfort for all the people of Hyderabad. As part of the renovation almost entire Hyderabad roads and sidewalks are getting a new look, but the bigger problem is they haven’t been completed yet, with just 4 days left for the start of the main event, it is taking a huge toll on the people of the city. Almost all roads in Hyderabad are half broken, half repaired, and that isn’t really helping the already disarrayed traffic on the Hyderabad roads. Everyday local people are facing road blocks amidst the peak hours because of the renovation and repair work, resulting in huge traffic jams and exceeding commute times. After skipping the timelines for the completion of the renovation tasks, Government seem to be on a face-saving mode and putting all that it got to fix the Hyderabad city before 1st Oct 2012 when the international convention starts. For sure at the moment, Government’s main concern is to put up a brave face in front of the foreign delegates than the discomfort faced by the people of Hyderabad.

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What could have been a nicely planned, perfectly executed international convention, now seems like a nightmare for everyone in Hyderabad including the government. Let’s hope the government can get its act together in last few days, of course without disturbing much the life of common man on the streets of Hyderabad.